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Putin, Al-Sisi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Holocaust Remembrance

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In another of his pleasant encounters with world leaders, Russian president Vladimir Putin went to Egypt on February 8, staying until February 10.

The Silent Minority

Martin Marty | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

America's largest ethnic group has assimilated so well that people barely notice it. So ran a headline in The Economist (Feb 7). Those of us who sight and study and report on ethnic groups are also busy studying their role in religion in American public life.

Greece Does Battle With Creationist Economics: Can Germany Be Brought Into the 21st Century?

Dean Baker | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The time has come for the EU to stop running economic policy based on silly myths. If German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders in the EU cannot accept reality then Greece and southern Europe would be far better off breaking free of the euro and leave Germany to wallow in its 19th century economic fairy tales.

Why America, Not Europe, Is Kiev's Biggest Headache

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Russia has not launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, yet. Ukrainians know what they can expect from Germany and the rest of Europe. It is the fickle boosterism of American political patrons that may warm Kiev to a fatal ambition that spells trouble in the months ahead.

Greek Debt Standoff Awaits A Decisive Move

The New York Times | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

Clad in snug black pants and his signature untucked shirt, the Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, sauntered into a conference room in the Berli...

The Minsk Agreement Can Only Work If Power Is Balanced Between Russia and the West

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- At the root of all this monstrous and bloody story is the fact that the West lied to Moscow 25 years ago when it said it would not expand NATO even one inch to the east if the Soviet Union agreed to the unification of Germany. The West really did take full advantage of its opportunity to violate the balance of power in the world and must now busy itself with overcoming the negative consequences.

Europe's Dilemma - Putin's Blessing in Disguise

Elena Ulansky | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

The negative yielding bonds show how weak the European economy and psychological capacity of Europe is to stand up to Putin. The problem for Germany now is not Russia but how to deal with Greece and the weakening economies of European countries.

Why Greece's Call for WWII Reparations From Germany Is a Very Bad Idea

Sylvie Goulard | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Sylvie Goulard

No responsible leader worthy of the title should take the risk of threatening the peace which has reigned since the end of the Second World War.

Angry Greeks Threaten to Halt European Juggernaut

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A breakdown of the European bailout program might make a Greek exit from the euro ("Grexit") the only feasible option. And the popular revolt against outsiders dictating economic policy creates a huge new roadblock to attempts to expand Brussels' power over EU members.

Obama, Merkel Rally Behind Diplomacy In Ukraine Conflict

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution to th...

Merkel Says Ukraine Conflict Can't Be Solved By Military

AP | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the conflict between Russia and Ukraine cannot be solved by "military means." Me...

Bildt: Merkel Is Best To Solve The Crisis With Putin

The European | Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, is one of Europe’s leading statesmen. He is also a member of the Steering Co...

Obama Acknowledges Damage From NSA Eavesdropping On Angela Merkel

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that revelations of U.S. surveillance on Ger...

Ukraine Needs Political Solution, but Can Diplomacy Succeed Without Weapons?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Perhaps as American and European leaders warn that an AL-Qaeda or ISIS seeks the destruction of "our way of life," we should come to see the Putin danger similarly, but unchallenged he actually has the capacity to deliver on the threat.

The Greek Elections and European Absurdity

Kostas Vergopoulos | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Kostas Vergopoulos

If there is one thing that has poisoned the European economy after the 2008 crisis, it is the German idea that a purge comes before a recovery.

Has the Greek Revolt Buried German Austerity?

Joschka Fischer | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Joschka Fischer

BERLIN -- Not long ago, German politicians and journalists confidently declared that the euro crisis was over; Germany and the European Union, they believed, had weathered the storm. Today, we know that this was just another mistake in an ongoing crisis that has been full of them. The latest error, as with most of the earlier ones, stemmed from wishful thinking -- and, once again, it is Greece that has broken the reverie.

Austerity for the Other Guy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The people of Greece rebelled last week against the perverse notion that they should continue to endure biting austerity in a vain attempt to cure a condition that they are not solely responsible for creating. Sounds familiar, right?

Merkel Rules Out Another Greek Debt Cut

AP | Posted 01.31.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridde...

Will Spain, Italy and France Follow the Greek Revolt Against Austerity?

Xenia Kounalaki | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Xenia Kounalaki

ATHENS -- The strong mandate he got from the polls, has put a burden on Mr. Tsipras to fulfill the great expectations he produced. If he succeeds, the Spanish Podemos, the French Front National and Italy's Bepe Grillo could all follow suit and question Berlin's fiscal orthodoxy. The much feared domino effect set off by Greece at the outset of euro crisis in 2010 could now materialize in another way.

A Break in the Greek Tragedy

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Europe should count itself lucky that a leftwing anti-austerity party won the Greek elections, swept into office by citizens who've had enough. Elsewhere in Europe, seven years of stupid, punitive, and self-defeating austerity policies have led to gains by the far right. If a radical left party is now in power in Athens and sending tremors through Europe's financial markets, the EU's smug leaders and their banker allies in Frankfurt, Brussels and Berlin have only themselves to blame. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the winning Syriza coalition, says he doesn't want Greece to leave the Euro. He just wants Europe's leaders to renegotiate Greece's debt. It's about time. This crisis could have ended years ago with far less suffering for ordinary people who had no responsibilities for the offending policies. Greece, after all, has about two percent of the EU's total economic product -- and it has about 25 percent less than it had before the crisis. Writing off Greece's debt outright would have cost peanuts, and still would.

Angela Merkel Can Prevent Another Charlie Hebdo

Mike Ghouse | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Mike Ghouse

In a divisive world where the leaders are sacrificing the long term safety of a nation for the short term political gains, and putting the nation on a destructive path of exclusion of those who differ, Merkel has done the right thing; choosing inclusion.

Paris Terror Harms France, Islam, and the World

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The people who devastated Charlie Hebdo may have thought, as they fled French justice, that they won a victory for Islam. But the effect of their action is the opposite -- they have contributed powerfully to fear of Muslims.

Angela Merkel Joins Top Political Leaders In Supporting Germany's Muslims

The Associated Press | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans not to marginalize Muslims or other minorities Tuesday, as the country's political leaders prep...

Barack Obama, Missing in Action

Sheldon Filger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

The absence of Barack Obama or any other senior official from his administration on January 11 in Paris is so inexplicable, even the president's most steadfast defenders are aghast. What rationale can possibly be proffered in defense of so counter-intuitive a non-action?

Anti-Muslim Rallies in Germany Now A Regular Event

Reuters | Oliver Barth | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

DRESDEN, Germany, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Protesters marched in several German cities on Monday against higher levels of immigration and what they see as th...